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Newcastle Want To Close Knockaert Deal This Weekend

8:53 am, Saturday, July 30th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 87 Comments

Newcastle seem willing to go higher than the £8M they are reported to have bid for Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert yesterday and seem willing to increase that bid to £10M.

Newcastle have a number of players who are said to be close to signing and manager Rafa Benitez wants to get a few of them over the line before the season starts at Fulham next Friday night.

anthony knockaert

Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert

Newcastle want to sign a left-back, central midfielder, striker and winger and it looks like Knockaert is our number one choice for winger.

As we reported yesterday, Seagulls chairman Tony Bloom and manager Chris Hughton do not want to sell any of their best players from last season as they mount another promotion challenge in the coming season.

Knockaert only signed for Brighton in January from Standard Liege on a three and a half year contract,  so Brighton are well positioned to hold out for a higher fee for their French winger.

With the transfer prices having gone up big time this summer and likely to keep increasing, £10M may not be a bad price for a player who has loads of skill and can score goals too.

The other thing Newcastle will be hoping for is that Anthony is keen to join the Rafa revolution going on at Newcastle and join a club that we hope will be going places with Rafa Benitez in charge.

That lure to work with an established world-class manager has worked well with the six signings we have already made this summer.

We hope we can get Anthony to the club within the next 48 hours, but Norwich will not want to sell one of their best players to a club who will also be challenging for a promotion spot in the coming season.

This is what we published back in December, 2011 when Newcastle were thought to be close to signing Knockhaert from Guingamp.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

87 responses so far ↓

  • 1 geordie157 // Jul 30, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Get him signed!

  • 2 OneAlanShearer // Jul 30, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Nowich? Brighton you mean I think.

  • 3 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 30, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    He looks like he may well be a good choice for this league. Decent enough goals and assists.

  • 4 SPRINGY // Jul 30, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    i wonder if the lad puts a transfer request in to push thru the deal or if brighton have told him he can leave but to let them ring as much money out of us for both there benefits….more money for the club and a bigger signing on fee for knockaert?

  • 5 SUTTY1978 // Jul 30, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    This signing has Graham Carr written all over it. I know you all like to think that Rafa is some sort of omnipotent empower of recruitment but that’s not the likely reality. Carr has scouted him and probably looked for the same attributes as he did with the previous bunch of failed wingers, Marveax, Cabella & Thauvin.
    Let’s face it Benitez will never have seen this lad play, so the faith you’re putting in him to bring in the right players is somewhat misplaced. the only signing that looks like it’s had full Rafa input is Jesus, he’s Spanish for a kick off and the only one of the players we have bought that falls outside the normal club blueprint. There’s no change in policy over last year other than that one signing.

  • 6 SPRINGY // Jul 30, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    jazzy p from previous.
    i think if promoted,2-3yrs down the line the team will be very different to the one that starts against fulham,,that’s the price of relegation…get the best we can now,get promoted and then pick the cream to stay and rebuild with them again for the premier…we will take a loss on some players but we will also have a few that will make the step up tot he premier….this current market isn’t the best to do what we are doing at the minute due to the price of players but.. thats the way it is now, unfortunately.

  • 7 SUTTY1978 // Jul 30, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Springy, he might not want to come. We’ve had a succession of French wingers, only one of which was any good and he got forced to leave. As a player why would you want to move to a club with that kind of previous form?

  • 8 kilcline // Jul 30, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    This lad is class and is proven in England and will make the step up to the prem.

    Get targett or Henry in at left back
    Get Adams in
    Get a striker in like Sakho

    Forget the championship we will walk the league, we will have a squad capable of being a genuine threat in an ever improving premier league and that is the key.

  • 9 Wayayman // Jul 30, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Rafa’s influence is Hayden, Ritchie and gayle as well as Gamez surely? Persuading them to drop a level isn’t easy.

    Expat from last thread, don’t worry mate I’m in the passenger seat at the minute. My turn to drive soon.

  • 10 jazzyp // Jul 30, 2016 at 9:10 AM


    My worry is Rafa has only signed a 3 year contract.
    Hopefully in his first season we win promotion .
    the second will be nothing more than establishing ourselves back in the PL. That only leaves one season to try and win something that Rafa clearly stated he was here for.

  • 11 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 30, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    I think along the same lines – I think in even shorter time – if we get promoted the team next week will be a lot different to 12 months time. Got to be to stay app and ‘COMPETE’ don’t want to go to games expecting us to get beat.

    Looking forward to going today to see what our ‘NEW’ team looks like

    Also : I can see bringing in at least two players this week.

    and: I have a funny feeling Sissoko will not return to Tyneside unless the TOON have to play his team

  • 12 SPRINGY // Jul 30, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    thats a fair enough point,to some players this club may be a bit of a “french players graveyard”.. but i get the feeling a lot of players really like the idea of joining us right now,feels like theres a change of attitude to almost guarantee promotion which will be very attractive to players…we’ll just have to see how it pans out i suppose.

  • 13 funlovingexpress // Jul 30, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Forking out £12 million plus on a championship winger is insane when midfielder Allen was recently sold for 13 million

  • 14 SPRINGY // Jul 30, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    jazzy p
    rafa could leave by december if its not going well,or he could sign a new contract once promoted…as it stands its all if and buts,but as long as rafa feels like ashley is investing right and the club is moving the right way at a decent pace,he could stay longer…but we all know managers are never forever,,theres to much money in the game to say that.

  • 15 Blofal // Jul 30, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Knockaert is pure class.

    If we sell Thauvin he will be the replacement so if we get 10m for Thauvin and spend it on Knockaert it’s completely fine with me.

  • 16 SPRINGY // Jul 30, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    aye,todays match for me should pretty much be the starting line up just about,or at least a good indication of who he prefers anyway…interesting week ahead,the match today then the build up with maybe a signing or two thru in to peak the interest.

  • 17 jazzyp // Jul 30, 2016 at 9:29 AM


    That’s my whole point buddy. I am so glad Rafa decided to stay, But at the same time fans act as if he’s the second coming.
    Is he the best we have had since Sir Bobby ??
    Maybe but has proven nothing as yet

  • 18 Wayayman // Jul 30, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    Also, just thinking about our potential promotion rivals. Isn’t it good business at £10m if we strengthen ourselves at the same time as weakening one of our promotion rivals? Might be worth a lot more down the line!

  • 19 Moonraker15 // Jul 30, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Guys that are worried about Rafa’s commitment: promotion to the premier would not be something he would particularly want to show on his cv, even though he would gain legendary status with me for having the guts to stay here! No, I’m sure he sees the club as we supporters do, challenging top 6 and better. That would be something special even to him and the only thing that can stop him is Ashley should he stop the spending. I don’t think that can happen now the roller coasters started as it did with KK but this time the finances are right. These are exciting times but just think if Rafa had come in in January we’d still be in the prem building a strong team! Ah well just have to wait a season and maybe have some fun on the way!

  • 20 SPRINGY // Jul 30, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    jazzy p
    i think its the string of dodgy managers that has eaten away at fans confidence came back a little with rafa,he may fail,lets face it,it could happen but the confidence that the fans as a majority actually believe in the manager for the first time in a long time will get blown out of proportion a little…just enjoy it…coz if it goes tits up with rafa in charge with a bit money to spend!…. where do we go from there??

  • 21 SPRINGY // Jul 30, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    jazzy p
    i think its the string of dodgy managers that has eaten away at fans confidence,and that came back a little with rafa,he may fail,lets face it,it could happen but the confidence that the fans have, as a majority,and actually believe in the manager from the start, for the first time in a long time….will help to blow things out of proportion a little…just enjoy it…coz if it goes tits up with rafa in charge with a bit money to spend!…. where do we go from there??

  • 22 SPRINGY // Jul 30, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    made a bollick of 20, just read 21 for a bit more sense people!lol

  • 23 Jib // Jul 30, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    You claim Rafa hasn’t seen Knockhaert which may well be true.

    However Aitor Karanka his old compadre from Real Madrid certainly has.

    When Boro only needed a draw at home against Brighton last May to guarantee promotion (which they achieved 1 -1)

    AK gave Boro a lot of nail biting moments.

    Rafa’s championship targets and signings all had outstanding games against Boro last season – what a coincidence !!!!!

  • 24 JamesToon // Jul 30, 2016 at 9:57 AM


    I honestly think Rafa would have left if we were signing players that Carr wanted and he didn’t want. He just wouldn’t stand for it. I think he does have a lot more control and power over Carr and I think he has had a lot of input into the Gayle/Gamez/Ritchie/Hanley signings.

  • 25 JamesToon // Jul 30, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Jib there’s no way Rafa hasn’t seen Knockaert or any of the other signings. He’s known for being obsessed with analysis and has his database of apparently over 13,000 players.

  • 26 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 30, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Ye Gods. Another French winger. We’re not rid of Thauvin yet, and who knows the actual status of Cabella – he might still be on our books. We’ve brought in Ritchie, we have Aarons, and isn’t Saivet a winger by trade? And there’s a promising young lad coming through who’s name I can’t recall. How many bleeding wingers do we need?

  • 27 G // Jul 30, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    TOF, unlike the wingers on our books, AK is proven at this level mate.

  • 28 posada // Jul 30, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    We haven’t always had a problem with French wingers.
    Robert and Ginola were ok.
    Raffa will be assessing this player. Unlike some of the others he has already played a couple of seasons in England.
    Toe Van and Cabela were just disasters.

  • 29 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 30, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    G – I think you have to say Ritchie is proven at this level
    posada – Ginola and Robert were great when they felt like it, but often underperformers. Particularly Robert
    I feel that the vast majority of Frenchman that we sign are overrated.

  • 30 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 30, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    A personal summary of our French players in recent times:
    Obertan – basically useless
    Cabaye – talented, but a poor attitude, and had plenty of average games
    Debuchy – as above, pretty much
    Sissoko – as above, but worse
    Marveaux – useless
    Yanga M’biwa – useless
    Haidara – a crock (take that any way you want)
    Cabella – useless
    Thauvin – useless
    Saivet- probably useless

  • 31 jimmysmith // Jul 30, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    The high point for Robert was his five good but not great seasons for us, while often not guaranteed a spot. Ginola was wonderful at PSG and later again at Spurs, and less so for us, but granted he was a genius. Among my favourite Newcastle players, but I’d put neither on a pedestal. Shearer, Beardsley, Gazza on the other hand, even Lee and Speed, now they were footballers of the highest calibre.

  • 32 Mister Tuff // Jul 30, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Any injuries aside, should get a better idea today as to what Beneitez’ final starting 11 should be for next week.

  • 33 jimmysmith // Jul 30, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Pound for pound in evert sense Yanga Mbiwa is certainly the most useless Frenchman we’ve signed I think. Although should Thauvin be sold he’d have a rival.

  • 34 jimmysmith // Jul 30, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    50 million for Stones. 12 million for Knockeart? By all means sell Sissoko in this market if you have to, even Thauvin, but put it all in the bank if you do. This window is a bubble.

  • 35 funlovingexpress // Jul 30, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Overrated Frenchman the majority of British players we sign are overrated.

    We have had the odd success but most have been pretty terrible.

    It isn’t where a player comes from that is the problem. It is who buys and rates them.

    Over the years we have had poor manager after poor manager and a poor scouting network. This inevitably means poor players.

    kante who is French is one of the best central midfielders around. We had Colback who is British.

    I know who I would rather have.

    £12m+ is a ridiculous amount for a clubs outlay on championship midfielders, even if they are wingers when premiership proven central midfielders like Allen are sold for £13 million.

    £6m is what we should be looking at for lower league prospects. We sold Townsend for only 2 million more than we would have to spend on the Brighton winger and he was an England international who had just had a cracking 3 months.

    The likes of Ince and Mendes would do just as good a job, if not better and would be a lot cheaper.

    We have already been stung for squad player Hanley when Dunk would have been cheaper, so lets not make the same mistake in other positions too.

  • 36 Back Door Man // Jul 30, 2016 at 10:58 AM


    This link should work for today’s match (thanks to Jib for posting the link yesterday):

    I tested it yesterday evening during an Everton friendly and it worked very well and was HD quality.  At first you are asked if you want to watch the match … hit the cancel button otherwise you get sent to a registration page – I found you don’t need to register to view the game.  You get invited to register elsewhere but I ignored the request and closed the pop-up, then scrolled down to the bottom of the page to view the game.  Initially a small dialog box appears over the viewing window but you can let it time out (a few seconds) or close it and view the match.  Oh, and there was a radio commentary elsewhere on the page for those who just want to listen.

    I hope this helpful.  I hope it works today!

  • 37 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 30, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    M’Biwa was captain of his side and had won the league before we signed him. He was gaining plaudits as the next good international defender.

    Hindsight is a great thing, but if you can’t attempt to sign a player with those kind of credentials then who are you supposed to look at? It’s easy to pick him apart now, but back then lots were impressed we were after him.

    A crap manager and being played out of position won’t have helped the cause, never mind coming into a different league.

    Acceptance of underperforming players is a must is many ways for me. No manager gets it right. But with the poorer ones, it doesn’t matter as much because the better signings will keep them out anyway.

  • 38 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    Tuff – as of now, I reckon the only sure starter is Lascelles. I can’t see anyone else as a dead-set cert. A few probables for sure, like Anita, Colback, Dummett and Gayle, but would you bet old granny’s eyesight on it?

  • 39 jimmysmith // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Yes, ok, but nonetheless he was exceedingly bad.

  • 40 Back Door Man // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    I’ll repost that previous post later for those who missed it.

  • 41 jimmysmith // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    I think Mbemba, Janmmat. Gamez, Colback, Ritchie, Shelvey, Perez and Mitro are walk up starts.

  • 42 funlovingexpress // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Jimmysmith Colback Shelvey and Mitro need to majorly improve if they are to be considered anythjing other than squad players.

  • 43 Phil K // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    SUTTY1978 – you mean the same Graham Carr who has a record of 90% disastrous signings and a couple good ones ? SERIOUSLY ?

  • 44 Back Door Man // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    I’ve just checked that link (at 11am) and the Toon game isn’t listed … IT WAS LAST NIGHT.

    I’ll check it a bit later.

  • 45 jimmysmith // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    In the Championship, having lost Townsend, Gini, and I suppose Sissoko they become integral. Every other team would welcome them with open arms. Like it or not they are now among our very best. I actually think they are very good, and will be part of the group should we go back up.

  • 46 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Anybody know when the game starts downunder time – jimmysmith? expat?

  • 47 jimmysmith // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    Midnight your neck of the woods I believe, and this one worth paying attention to. Decent opposition, at home, and last dry run.

  • 48 Moonraker15 // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Rafa sanctions all signings and sales within the agreed budget. We are now properly run at last.There’s no way a player is coming in that Rafa doesn’t want 100% otherwise he wouldn’t be here. Hard to imagine I know but it’s true; and if Ashley changes it he’ll walk! Simples!

  • 49 JDdubai // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    Phil K

    I always think it is harsh singling out Carr as much as happens on this blog. none of us know how htings work behind the scenes, especially not for the past few years.

    Carr is the person who recommended by all accounts, PEA, Gamerio(on his way to Atletico now after 30+ last season in Spain) etc who the club didnt go for because they were too expensive or over 24. How many other players who have gone on to become top players was Carr watching but didnt sign for these same reasons.

    therefore Carr has to always go for his second or third choice players, all foreign(as British were too expensive for Ashley) under 24yr old so you increase the risk that they wont be good enough or be able to handle the PL – young foreigners are a 50-50 chance at best.

    For every Cabaye there will be 10 who dont make it.

    Not 100% the scout’s fault when you place ridiculous restirctions on him.

  • 50 Moonraker15 // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    Carr definitely bought some duds but a lot of that was because he wasn’t the coach who would be looking for different aspects. I mean as soon as I saw Cabella playing in a toon shirt I had serio us doubts as he was too lightweight. Rafa has bought some duds over the years as its not an easy job but the ones he’s brought info look good for this league and some for next!

  • 51 Jail for Ashley // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    You’re totally right, we should in no way shape or form get carried away with the double UEFA manager of the year and multiple trophy winner Rafa Benitez taking on our basket case of our club. His rewriting of the transfer policy, upgrading of all the facilities and demanding and gaining concessions from a man determined to ru(i)n a club his way should be no reason at all to get excited. Until we actually get promoted we should be very sceptical of Rafas motives of wanting to be here.

  • 52 Jail for Ashley // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    His complete understanding of the passion that runs through this one club city and the way he has fallen for it might be all hogwash as well.

  • 53 funlovingexpress // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    Jimmysmith I disagree. We need to replace Sissoko, Gini and townsend with better players.

    Colback Mitro and shelvey cannot be anything other than squad players unless:-

    Colback learns vision, speed and how to pass a ball. He needs to learn how to position himself so he doesnt give away cheap fouls. He also needs better off the ball movement.

    Mitro needs to learn how to attack a ball, how to trap a ball, develop pace and learn how to shoot

    Shelvey needs to become consistent. People slate Thauvin and Sissoko and yet both are more consistent than Shelvey.

  • 54 Jail for Ashley // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    How would you suggest we do that while in the second tier of English football.

  • 55 jimmysmith // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    Yeah, I think he might even have managed to embarrass the owner. Held a mirror up to him so to speak. Not good to let the likes of Rafa Benitez down. The whole world is likely to notice.

  • 56 jimmysmith // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    I think in an ideal world we’ll replace Townsend, Widjnaldum, and Sissoko with better players in 24 months. In an ideal world.

  • 57 funlovingexpress // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    Jail if we cant buy better then we need to stop selling our good players and raise funds through selling the likes of colback instead.

    Ritchie is better than Townsend IMO (though he usually plays opposite side) so we managed it once but we cant expect to keep doing it.

  • 58 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    jimmysmith – yeah I’d like to watch this game. Do you think that link which was posted earlier will work here?

  • 59 JDdubai // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:50 AM


    Mitro needs to develop pace…..great insight there for the 13stone 8ft3 striker to become Walcott.

    He is what he is, target man material, he will never run the channels or whatever else. Its upto the boss to put a team together which makes him efective, or get rid.

    Thauvin more consistent than Shelvey?? how exactly? They were both poor. If anything thauvin was consistently poor whereas Shelvery had a couple of decent games so yes, Thauvin was more consistent i guess..

  • 60 JDdubai // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    typo, not 8ft3 obvs…

  • 61 funlovingexpress // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    Dubai it was sarcastic.

    Mitro will never be a top drawer striker because he has no pace. He already has that limitation.

    Colback can never develop Vision. That is a serious drawback

    and as for Shelvey he had 3 good games thauvin had 4 PLUS when he went back to France he was getting MOM quite frequently.

    Thauvin played less games than shelovey and was never given anything that even resembled a run.

    Shelvey played week after week

  • 62 Bobbybee // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    I love this last friendly. This is where we see how all the hard work has come together, before the season begins. Just getting ready for the game myself as it happens. 😉 Are people really judging all french players to be the same? He was crap so this one must be? I mean, have you watched him play? Knockaert has everything we’re missing right now – the ability to beat his man and sling in a good cross. I’m one of those who watches every game on sky, regardless who it is, and this lad’s the real deal. I normally watch Brighton to see Kazenga Lua Lua, but it’s invariably this lad who catches my eye. He’s also a great free kick taker. He’s nothing like those gone before. Is he worth 10m? In the current climate he is. Don’t judge him on anybody else except himself.

  • 63 jimmysmith // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    I don’t know. I’m in Japan, and I’ve been watching our games replayed on, but I guess they won’t be showing our Championship stuff. Doubtless some good fella on here will give us a reliable heads up.

  • 64 Jail for Ashley // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    It has been done to death on why Wijnaldum and Sissoko are being moved on, some people get it, some don’t. It has certainly divided opinion.

  • 65 hibbitt // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    i have never seen anything from Thauvin that said consistent
    the only thing i did pick up on was he was a bottler who was consistently poor

  • 66 Jail for Ashley // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    I’m going to the game this afternoon and I think there’ll be 28 654 people there.

  • 67 Jail for Ashley // Jul 30, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    Are you on holiday Jimmy?

  • 68 jimmysmith // Jul 30, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    No,no, I reside here, and have done on and off for about 15 years. Australia is home, but born and bred in Whitley Bay. A proud Australian and a proud Geordie.

  • 69 hibbitt // Jul 30, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    had my 21st in Sasebo happy days loved the place

  • 70 Mister Tuff // Jul 30, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    Think Shelvey will start and probably not Mitro (in view of his imminent suspension).

  • 71 Bobbybee // Jul 30, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Jail, i’m guessing 31200 for today. Bit of fun. 😉

  • 72 WWSBRD // Jul 30, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    I reckon Shelvey will see a lot of game time under Rafa this season, he’s a good player people seem to forget. Mitro am not as sure on but he was playing better by the end of the season and we be up against much worse CBs in the Championship

    Thuavin if he stays should get a chance

  • 73 Jail for Ashley // Jul 30, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    A tenner to the SBR foundation on the closest?

  • 74 funlovingexpress // Jul 30, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    Jail I get the point of why Sissoko and Gini have to be moved on though I dont agree with it.

    What I don’t get is why folk think Colback and Mitro will be anything more than squad players.

    You could argue about Shelvey as the lad has top notch vision and industrilisation when he can be bothered so if he performs every week then all well and good.

    Colback has absolutely no vision though. Saivet and Hayden have much more, are quicker and can pass a ball as well as get stuck in. Neither has the vision of Shelvey ofc because they are both more suited to the DM role.

    Colback isnt though. He also doesnt have the vision of a CM and doesnt score the goals an CAM would get.

    Mitro is just a poor poor striker who gets the odd goal in the air. He wants to stop playing with his back to goal so much and attack the ball and spaces are there for a reason. They exist so strikers can run into them.

    He needs to try that some time.

    He is no Carrol by a long shot.

  • 75 Bobbybee // Jul 30, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Go on then, no harm done. 😉

  • 76 funlovingexpress // Jul 30, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    Bobbeebee at least 42000. Its been a long summer and many are dying to see our new players and how we look as a unit under Rafa with a preseason behind us.

    Our first game is away so that means another 2 weeks for many.

    I see 42000 minimum and wouldnt be surprised if it was full or nearly full.

  • 77 Jail for Ashley // Jul 30, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    I saw England vs Argentina in Sapporo and Saudi I vs Ireland in Yokohama, really want to go back with the family for a proper visit. Shogun is my all time favourite book.

  • 78 funlovingexpress // Jul 30, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    42 654

  • 79 jimmysmith // Jul 30, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    Yeah, it’s good fun. Adult playground really. I can’t bring myself to leave the place.

  • 80 hibbitt // Jul 30, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    think a season in the championship under Rafa will be the making of Mitro

  • 81 posada // Jul 30, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    On Robert. Did we not finish 4th and 5th a couple or three times. Inconsistent yes I have to say and a poor attitude towards the end.
    On Ginola. Did we not finish 2nd twice.
    With flare players you often have a down side with attitude and consistency.

  • 82 Jail for Ashley // Jul 30, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    FLE, published all the attendances of friendlies over the last few years, 32K was the highest when Ashley first took over, I think bobbies estimate will be nearer than mine.

  • 83 Bobbybee // Jul 30, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    FLE, hope you’re right, but there’s a lot still on holiday. These games usually bring in around 30k, give or take. Haven’t heard anything about the top level being opened, hence my guess. Doesn’t matter anyway, as long as we enjoy the game. Can’t lose because SBR benefits. 😉

  • 84 SUTTY1978 // Jul 30, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    Kin kart looks reasonable at Championship level but doesn’t look a patch on Tom Ince. How many would pay £10m for Tom Ince? Not many. For a winger to score 5 in a season at that level is below par. He’s certainly not the best winger in the division.

    JIB, what point were you trying to make, if Benitez hasn’t seen him, he hasn’t seen him. Your imaginary script of a conversation that no doubt didn’t happen between two blokes who happen to both be Spanish is a bit ridiculous.

  • 85 funlovingexpress // Jul 30, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    jail its a good point but we havent really had anything at home. We also have quite a few new signings who should be (hanley aside) near enough to being match fit.

    Bobby has a top point though. I also don’t know if they are opening the top level.

    If demand arises they would open it, wouldn’t they?

  • 86 funlovingexpress // Jul 30, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    Thought I had better add that the City hasn’t been this excited since Sir Bob arrived.

    So recent preseason attendances you might as well just forget about.

    How many on here are genuinely excited to watch them in todays game?

    I would wager quite a few and the City is no different.

  • 87 Bobbybee // Jul 30, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    FLE, there’ll be cash only gates in need arises. You don’t think Ashley would miss out do you? 😉 Anyway, got to call into blyth for my mate, so need to be setting off soon. Hope you all enjoy the game as much as i know i will. Howay the toon!!! Catcha all tonight. 😉

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